The making of knives, such as kitchen knives and bushcraft knives. See the separate entry for folding knife making.
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Issues affecting the viability of the craft
Legislation: There are various laws applying to the sale of knives
Recruitment issues: Difficulty in finding people who want to work in manufacturing as people don’t want to get their hands dirty.
Craftspeople currently known
Eggington Brothers, Sheffield. Sell knives under several brands.
Taylors Eye Witness, Sheffield
A Wright & Son, Sheffield
- Stuart Mitchell, Sheffield
- Will Ferraby, Sheffield
Total number of craftspeople: A Wright & Son of Sheffield manufactures knives, folding knives and swords and does hand grinding in-house. They have a workforce of ten people – five older people, and five younger people whom they train from scratch, and everyone does a bit of everything.